Today was the last day of our first holiday on Life's too Short and we only had 2 hours to go to get back to Thames and Kennet Marina.
After a breezy night we woke to calm weather and a glass-like river Thames. We were soon ready to head off from Pangbourne meadow down stream towards Mapledurham lock and pleasantly surprised to discover it was manned.
|Mapledurham Lock filling|
Caversham lock was also manned and Lady Elizabeth from Kris Cruisers was coming through the other way so we didn't have to wait long.
|Entrance to the Kennet and Avon|
Then we were back. 2 hours since leaving the meadow we were back at our marina ready to give the boat a quick clean and pack our things to go back to the hustle and bustle and the faster pace of life. Being on the river is a really good way to slow down for a bit and to de-stress, we can't wait until we get the chance to get back on board.
|Thames and Kennet Marina|
So what did we learn on our first proper trip?
- Overhanging branches are tougher than the canvas our canopy is made from
- Most other boaters are really friendly
- Only use battery 2 at night, battery 1 is for engine starting only
- It is possible to live on digestives, cheddars and wine for a short while
- The gelcoat on our boat is about the same thickness as an eggshell and nearly as strong
- It was well worth buying a spare toilet holding tank
- Lock-keepers are wonderful people, we need to look after them
- There's no obvious place to go shopping between Oxford and Lechlade
- There's no such thing as 'too many' fenders, we're going to add more!
- Kingfishers only appear when they know you haven't got a camera handy
- Fishermen always want to fish by the bank on the opposite side of the river
- Grass snakes swim very well